Wight Walks

Full details of the programme are available to members. To join, email our membership secretary. See the Join page for details.

Note: before going on any of these walks please contact the walk leader to say you want to attend and confirm details. If this is your first walk you may email the membership secretary who will provide you with the walk leader’s contact details.

Waverley - trip on the last sea-going paddle steamer

Participation at all these events is at your own risk.

Most of the walks meet at 10:15 am to depart promptly at 10:30 am.

11 Feb 2017 Ryde to Bembridge via Seaview. 11.00 at Ryde bus station 5.3 miles cafe lunch
Meet at Ryde bus station and walk to Bembridge via Hersey Reserve, Seaview and St Helens Stop at Old Fort Cafe Seaview for lunch Tea at Tollgate Cafe Bembridge at the end of the walk. Return on the number 8 bus to Ryde bus station.
1 April All Fools Ferry linked Walk : Brading to Ryde 11:03 for 11:10 start 9 miles Picnic plus Optional evening meal.
Catch the 10:15 Fastcat passenger ferry from Portsmouth Harbour to Brading Station. See www.southwestrains.com for rail connections. Through tickets can be bought to include the ferry but those over 60 without a rail card may find it cheaper to buy a Wightlink Senior Day Return and then a single to Brading on the train. Ascend Brading Down for spectacular views across the Island. Continue to Eagle Head Copse Nature Reserve for a picnic lunch. Down to Ashey Station and across the Steam Railway line to Havenstreet and Quarr Abbey for tea stop. Finally walk back to Ryde to catch return ferry to Portsmouth, preceded by optional early evening meal. Contact Bill by 25 March to confirm attendance and whether or not you will be staying for the evening meal.
20 May 20 Ventnor to Shanklin 10:00 for 10:15 start 8-9 miles Picnic or cafe lunch
Meet at the bus stop by Ventnor Bowling Green on Mitchell Avenue (Number 3 bus). Parking on the road or in the Old Station Industrial Estate. For those who would like to join the walk but would find the initial incline too taxing, park at the Smugglers' Haven car park (PO38 1QD) where we should arrive shortly after 10:35. Down to Shanklin for lunch. Please let Chandra know by 13 May if you would like to have lunch in a cafe so she can pre-order the food. We then walk back to Ventnor with an optional tea stop before heading home.
24 June Nightjars on Mottistone Common Meet 7:00pm pub or 9:00 pm car park 2.5 miles preceded by optional pub dinner
An evening stroll to hear, and hopefully watch, the nightjars on Mottistone Common. Join us for our evening meal at The Crown Inn, Shorwell, or go directly to the car park at the lower end of Strawberry lane. Binoculars, torch, warm windproof clothing, and white handkerchief advisable. When waved around, male nightjars think it's another male and swoop to investigate. Contact Marilyn by 17 June to book meal, or to let her know to look for you in the car park
15 July West Wight Tennyson Down Meet at Yarmouth Quay on IOW, approx. 10.45 depending on ferry times 8 miles Picnic lunch, tea stop and optional evening meal
Look for others on Wightlink ferry to Yarmouth IOW from Lymington Pier. Angela will meet the group at Yarmouth Quay. Note for those coming by car it is cheaper to park at Brockenhurst, and get the train to Lymington Pier. Bus to Alum Bay then walk to Needles Battery (NT) for coffee/picnic stop depending on timing and along High Down/Tennyson Down to Freshwater Bay, taking in glorious views (hopefully). Time to paddle. To Dandelion Cafe or St Crispin for tea, then walk along railway track by river to Yarmouth (a lift may be available). Optional evening meal at Yarmouth. Contact Angela nearer the time, latest 9 July for details of ferry times.
19 August All the Stones - Longstone, Hulverstone & Mottistone 10:15 for 10:30 start 8.5 miles Pub lunch
Meet at the car park at bottom of Strawberry Lane. Ascend to Longstone, then to Chessell Down (sea views to south). Through the grounds of Brook Hill House, down to the Sun Inn at Hulverstone for lunch. Back through woods and uphill, skirting the grounds of Mottistone Manor.
9 Sept Watchingwell and Rowridge 10:20 for 10:30 start 6 miles Picnic lunch
Meet at the Blacksmith's Arms. There is limited parking. Contact Lois beforehand or use Southern Vectis Route 9 10:15 from Newport or 9:55 from Yarmouth. From the pub we walk to the Old Station halt at Watchingwell then to Swainston Manor with views to the Temple and walk up to Swainstondown Gate. Then past Rowridge to Bowcombe Down and back down to the Blacksmith's Arms.
December 16 Christmas Curry (or casserole) plus planning meeting 1:00 pm Walk
3:00 pm planning
5:00 pm meal
Short walk dependent on weather
Meet at 1:00pm in Queen's Bower for a short walk. Return for planning / party games followed by meal. Please contribute £4.50 for the meal plus a bottle. Please confirm attendance and whether you want Curry or Casserole by 9 Dec to allow for meal planning.